The Senate race in the 45th Legislative District will determine which party will control the Senate. Republicans currently have a slim majority of 25-24 in the Senate. Democrats have a 50-48 majority in the House. If the Democrats win the 45th, which they lost in the 2010 election, the state will be under single party control.
The poll found that Dhingra is leading Englund by 51 to 41 percent. Among voters who are likely to vote in the special election, her lead increased to 55 to 41 percent.
On a personal feeling thermometer scale (0-100), Englund received a 45 degree rating while Dhingra received a 53 degree rating. Englund received a 29-38 percent favorable to unfavorable ratio. Dhingra recieved a 36-25 favorable to unfavorable ratio.
The poll results mirror the results of the primary, which Dhingra won 51.52 percent to Englund’s 41.46 percent. Independent candidate Parker Harris won over 7 percent of the vote in the primary, and has announced that he plans to vote for Dhingra in the general election, telling his supporters:
For what it’s worth, I intend to vote for Manka Dhingra in November. I have my doubts that her election will improve party politics or reduce the influence of big money, but I believe she cares deeply about people, has many years of useful experience, and is willing to work hard. So far I have seen zero indication that Jinyoung Englund is anything more than a façade who will do whatever the Republican caucus asks of her. Of course, these are my own opinions. I urge you to do your own research and make your own decision.
These findings are based on a survey of 400 likely November 2017 voters in Washington’s 45th Legislative District. Calling took place from September 5-10, 2017, and interviews were conducted by professional interviewers supervised by Myers Research | Strategic Services staff. Thirty percent of respondents were reached on a cell phone, and the data were stratified to reflect the projected geographical contribution to the total expected vote. The margin of error associated with these data at a 95 in 100 percent confidence level is +/- 4.9 percent. The margin of error for subgroups is greater and varies.